This fall I took a step back from social media for a little over one month to live and breathe outside and away from my phone and its addictive hold on my life. I gave myself the freedom to be uncomfortable in line at Starbucks, at a dinner table with a large group of friends, walking to class earbud-free, or inside of general boredom.
Holy cow did I learn a lot, even from just one month without my apps. Nowadays, I have this practice set into my routine as a preventative health tool during crazy and anxious seasons.
Here is what I learned:
1 | Stepping away from social media doesn’t take away the tendency to seek perfection in our own eyes and the eyes of others. Realizing that the way we want to seem to other people is an idol, and it is one that I believe I’ll be fighting against with shield and sword for the rest of my entire life.
2 | There are many things left to be done but there are also so many things already come, and to disregard what dreams HAVE been reached and what people HAVE already lived is to disregard life itself, and my gosh I refuse to disregard it anymore.
3 | Saying yes to what lights you on fire isn’t self-centered, it’s soul-serving, and to ignore your soul is to ignore God
4 | People matter WAY. MORE. THAN. ANYTHING. YOU. OWN. spending $15 on a meal with friends will give you hours of relational building that no $15 anything else could buy - unless you spend that $15 on another relationally-building experience. choose the people around you, when you don’t know what to go do.
5 | "Figuring it out” is the part / season / space when we come to catch the best glimpses of which doors God’s placing us in front of. It’s the fun part, yet all we tend to glorify is the resolution because that’s all anyone ever posts on LinkedIn. Do not feel discouraged if you’re not ready to “share that you’re so humbled and honored to announce your new job in that new city.” It’s okay. God’s not done working, so you’re not done waiting.
6 | Reading my Bible every morning doesn’t sound like it’d do much but it does and I think you should go do that every morning too.
7 | To state a big dream into existence even if you’re decades away from even starting to work on it MATTERS. it makes it real, and it wakes you up to what it feels like to “hope.” praise jesus.
8 | "Advent” means “coming.” didn’t know that.
9 | Whatever you cried about last week? whatever you don’t think you’ll ever get through? there’s a category in the Gospel for that, too.
Hi, I'm Chlo.
I've been writing and reading and all the storytelling things since I learned as a kid that if you fold and staple construction paper together, it sort of looks like a real book. I have always craved soul serving stories- ones that melt like butter in your mind as you hear your heart explained out loud.
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